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Ebbsfleet United have signed highly promising Charlton Athletic midfielder Albie Morgan on an initial one-month loan.

The 19-year-old has already broken into the Addicks first team, making 18 appearances for Charlton in all competitions since last season, eight of them in League One and one earlier this campaign in the Championship.

The Medway-born player, who lives in Rochester and turned out at the Kuflink Stadium for the Addicks in pre-season, has come through the Charlton youth ranks from age nine and also spent time with Welling United as a youngster.

Fleet’s new recruit is very highly rated by Charlton boss Lee Bowyer and the club’s management staff. “He has ability, I think that’s obvious to see,” Bowyer has said of him. “He has awareness and cleverness and, technically, he’s a very, very good and gifted player.”

Charlton’s First-Team Development Coach and former Fleet defender Grant Basey told his club’s website: “In an ideal world, he would be going out to a League club but, due to the transfer window, he can only go to teams at National League level and below. As soon as we heard Ebbsfleet were interested, it was a no-brainer for all parties. 

“We know what a good player Albie is. He was a big part of the squad last season and was very unfortunate not to be in the squad at Wembley. This now gives Albie the opportunity to go and play competitive men’s football.”

Albie will wear shirt No.26.

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